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A qualitative analysis of preemptive conflict detection

by Lile Hattori, Michele Lanza, Marco D'Ambros

Preemptive conflict detection is the act of detecting a potential merge conflict at an earlier stage than at check in time, and informing the involved developers about it. Researchers have proposed a number of tools and techniques to detect potential merge conflicts. However, a limited number of studies have been conducted so far to investigate whether the adoption of such tools and techniques brings benefits to developers. We have conducted a qualitative user study to understand how developers behave when dealing with merging and how this behavior changes when they are exposed to preemptive conflict detection. We report on the analysis of the data collected in the user study, as well as the discussion on the findings derived from the analysis.

Technical report 2011/05, September 2011

BibTex entry

@techreport{11qualitative, author = {Lile Hattori and Michele Lanza and Marco D'Ambros }, title = {A qualitative analysis of preemptive conflict detection}, institution = {University of Lugano}, number = {2011/05}, year = 2011, month = sep }